Victoria Vassilenko

Victoria Vassilenko

Victoria Vassilenko was born in 1992 in Burgas, Bulgaria. She graduated “Lyubomir Pipkov” National School of Music, Sofia (1999-2011), where she studied with Antonina Boneva and prof. Stella Dimitrova-Maystorova. Between 2011-2015 she was a student or prof. Dmitri Bashkirov in “Queen Sofia” Superior College of Music (Madrid, Spain). Afterwards she continued her piano studies in “Lake of Como” International Piano Academy, Italy (since 2015) with head prof. William Grant-Naboré and “Queen Elisabeth” Music Chapel, Waterloo (2016-2020) with Louis Lortie and Avedis Koyoumdzhian. Simultaneously she graduated Bachelor degree in “New Bulgarian University” (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Masters degree in the “Royal Conservatory of Music””, Brussels in the piano class of prof. Boyan Vodenitcharov. In 2022 Victoria obtained a PhD of Musicology and Music Art based on the dissertation “Keyboard Transcriptions by Mikhail Pletnev of Ballets by Russian Composers – Aspects of Interpretation”.

Victoria Vassilenko is a winner of numerous first, second and special prizes from national and international piano competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, England, Romania among which a Second prize winner (first not awarded) of “James Mottram” International Piano Competition, UK (2012); winner of the “George Enescu” International Competition, piano section (Bucharest, Romania 2016); “Les Jeudis du Piano” International Music Festival and Competition (Geneve, Switzerland) – winner of the 2016/2017 concert season; “Golden age” for cultural and art contribution in Bulgaria (2017); “Golden nib” for cultural and art contribution in Bulgaria (2020); first winner of “13 centuries Bulgaria” annual awards (donation campaign for supporting bulgarian talents in science and arts); “Crystal lyre” awards for best young musician (2007) and chamber music group (2011), Sofia. She has been awarded from Her Royal Majesty Queen Sofia for “The most successful student of the year” from the piano class of prof. Bashkirov (2013) and “The most successful chamber music group” (2015) for Elyon Trio (Victoria Vassilenko – piano; Laura Szabo – cello and Mohamed Hiber – violin).

Victoria has played as a soloist and a chamber music performer in important venues like Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Palau de la Música (Barcelona), “Alte Oper” (Frankfurt), “Atheneum” (Bucharest), “Flagey” and “BOZAR” (Brussels), “Teatro de la Maestranza”, Sevilla; “Bulgaria” hall (Sofia) etc. In September 2021 she permormed with the Belcea Quartet R. Schumann’s piano quintet in the opening concert of MuCh season (QEMC) with Her Majesty Queen Paola of Belgium in the audience.

She has performed in Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Russia, USA, Slovakia, Spain, Palma de Mallorca, Portugal, Emirates and in International music festivals like “George Enescu” Festival (Romania); “Musica Mundi” Chamber Music Festival, Waterloo; “Santander” International Academy and Festival, Spain; “Mozarteum”, Salzburg, “Oberstdorfer Musiksommer”, “Young Classics Europe”, Passau; “Klavier-Festival Ruhr”, Germany; “LacMus” festival, Tremezzina, “Appolonia”, “March music days”, “Varna Summer” music festival; “Sofia music weeks”, “European Music Festival”, “Music days in Balabanov’s house”, “Katya Popova Laureate days” International Music Festival (Bulgaria) and others. Victoria has been a soloist of Brussels Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Chambre de Wallonie (cond. Franck Braley), Royal Symphony Orchestra of Sevilla; Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra (USA), Royal Symphony Orchestra of Liverpool (UK), George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra (Bucharest), Classic FM Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, “Sofia soloists” Chamber Orchestra and others. Victoria is indebted to Much-net AG (a medium-sized company in Bonn/Germany specialised on the development of financial software and valuation services) for their regular support in the continuation and deepening her musical studies at the „Lago di Como International Piano Academy“, Italy and “Queen Elisabeth” Music Chapel, Waterloo, Belgium.

Victoria has few released CDs among which: “Trio ASISA” – works of J. Brahms and A. Piazzola (Madrid,2012); solo CD with live and studio recordings made by the Bulgarian National Radio (works by Fr. Schubert, P. Hindemith, R. Shchedrin), Sofia 2014; CD album with music by Antoine Reicha, l. Alpha Classics (project of “Queen Elisabeth” Music Chapel, February 2017), “Mozart Double Concerti” project (l. Fuga Libera) – nominated for the prize of the best critic in Europe “Der Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” and being broadcasted on BBC radio. Mrs. Vassilenko has accomplished numerous live broadcasts and recordings in Bulgaria, UK, Belgium, Slovakia, Spain etc.

Currently Victoria is coaching in “Pantcho Vladigerov” National Music Academy (Sofia, Bulgaria) and is an invited artist and teacher (piano and chamber music) in the “Musica Mundi” chamber music summer course and festival, Waterloo, Belgium (since 2019). She gave masterclasses in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2018); Cluj, Romania (as part of the “George Enescu” Festival, 2020), Sozopol, Bulgaria (as part of “Summer Academy of Arts”, 2021), Skopje (Macedonia), 2021.